The origin of the Kentia is the island of Howea, east of Australia. The Howea Forsteriana, commonly known as Kentia, is an easy to care room plant. The living plant needs little maintenance, can be in half shade and is therefore very suitable for offices.
Like all other palms, it is wise to keep the soil always moist, in the growing period running from March to August, slightly more than winter. You can allow the soil to dry out before watering again. However, do not leave the roots in the water, causing root rot.
If the pot is provided (or you provide it yourself) from a substrate and a water meter, watering is easy! On arrival, there is little water, fill the pot slowly with water (sometimes wait) and you will see that the meter goes up automatically. All you have to do is keep an eye on this meter. If you go on vacation, you can fill the pot almost half full (this is what you see at the meter that will end up above its maximum) and you can rest 3 weeks away. In addition, it does not matter if the plants do not get too much and water too fast. The substrate absorbs the water, so if the water meter is underneath the substrate is still moist, but there is no water left underneath the pot. The plant still has enough space for 4 summer days.
Spray the Kentia occasionally to remove dust from the leaves and prevent pests. Spraying also promotes the quality and decorative value of the room plant. Rainwater or decalcified water is best suited for this, which prevents lime stains on the blade.
The Kentia thrives well in the half shadow and needs up to 2 to 3 hours of sunlight a day. The Kentia prefers a window to the north, east or west. If you put the Kentia in a south-facing window, keep at least three meters away from the window.
During the day 16 ° C
At night 10 ° C
The Kentia in the growing season preferably fertilizes weekly from April to September. Never give too much this can lead to burning of the roots. Take a look at the package for the dosage, with 50% of the specified amount in the case of the Kentia.
A Kentia is best suited to sprinkle into a larger pot in two years. The best period for overprotection is spring or immediately after the plant has been purchased. A larger pot will stimulate growth and the advantage is a larger buffer soil which makes the water more dispersed and there is less chance of root rot. Always take a pot that is 20 to 25% larger and do not use Hydro grains on the bottom of the pot. It is best to use plastic insethoes with large pots.
If a Kentia gets brown edges at the bottom leaves, you can simply cut it off. This is unfortunately a natural and unavoidable phenomenon. If the leaves are yellowing, the cause is too much light. In this case, put the inner plant slightly further from the window.
A Kentia is a relatively slow grower and can be pruned in the autumn. Cut the blade as far as possible at the bottom of the stem. Use a pruning shear for this. Any brown leaf tips can be cut with a pair of scissors.
The Kentia is non-toxic.
The Kentia is not very susceptible to disease, but of course there can always be animals in the plant. Check this regularly. If necessary, use a biological "or if desired" chemical pesticide to treat the plants.
The Kentia is a magnificent plant that is a welcome guest in offices.